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Are you ready for Christmas books?

Are you ready for Christmas books?



A sweet romance about second chances and finding the love of your life right where you left him.

Christmas in Snow Valley is the perfect way for April Winston to introduce her city slicker fiance, Scott Mecham, to life on a farm. If only Wade Hadley, hometown boy and high school sweetheart, will cooperate! But Wade has no intention of letting April go without a fight. This Christmas, he is determined to overcome their painful past and show April that she already has what she’s been seeking all along.


Neither is looking for love, but is love looking for them?

Gina Andrews never imagined she’d be a single mother forced to move back to Indigo Bay and live with her parents. But she’s managing, all the while holding on to hope that her ex-husband will wake up to what he’s missing and agree to try again.

Noel Hamilton is a professional drifter and artist, in that order. He’s happy going wherever the wind takes him. He seeks freedom, art, and serenity.

When Noel meets the business end of Gina’s car and ends up in the hospital, he realizes he’s going nowhere fast. And when Gina’s mother steps in to help him, Gina and Noel are thrown together to stew in their mutual dislike.

But slowly, things change and as Indigo Bay prepares for the Christmas season, Gina begins to wonder if this year could be her sweetest Noel ever.

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She wanted to step into the warm embrace of his arms. But he was the enemy.

Lindsey Asher took the Billionaire Bride Pact at girl’s camp, but she’s never taken it seriously. Her dreams were always about building her own a bakery empire, not marrying a billionaire. Years later and all grown up, Lindsey has poured her heart and soul into Sugarbee’s Sweets in downtown Manhattan. All she wants for Christmas are good reviews from a pair of big-name food bloggers and plenty of customers to enjoy her sweet treats.

When Eric Kasabov parks his cookie cart in front of Sugarbee’s and starts stealing her customers, Lindsey’s resolve is tested. And when Eric’s partner starts causing trouble, Lindsey has to make a choice. How far will she go to save her store? Can rivalry turn to love?

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Romance with HEART

Romance with HEART

With every story, I write, I spend hours brainstorming, researching, outlining, developing characters, drafting, and, inevitably, deleting thousands of words that end up going nowhere.

And eventually … somewhere in that process … something incredible happens and I find the heart of the story. That little bit of magic that makes it come alive and turns it from words on my computer screen into something real. That thing that gives in breath and makes in unique from any other story I’ve written.

Sometimes I find the heart of the story right away, like in The Passionate One. Sometimes it takes longer. I deleted almost thirty thousand words from The Ambitious One and rewrote the entire second half when it just didn’t seem to work.  Sometimes I still haven’t found it. I’ve been promising you the final book in The Billionaire Bride Pact for months. But The Heartbroken One is still sitting in draft form, whispering for me to dig a little deeper, to find the heart of Nikki and Darrin’s story.

Short romances are a quick-turn market. I wish I could write as fast as some of my colleagues and release a book every four or six weeks. But, everyone has their own process and this is mine. I can’t get excited about something until I’ve put my heart into it and in doing so, found it’s heart in return.

So when looking at a little branding tweak, Romance with Heart seemed appropriate to me. What do you think?

Billionaire Bride Pact Recipes

Billionaire Bride Pact Recipes

The Billionaire Bride Pact books all feature recipes that are special to the characters in one way or another. Of them all, Rosa’s cornbread is my favorite and is perfect with a big bowl of chili on a cold winter night!

The Passionate One: Matt’s Mug Brownies

When Erin blows a big audition in The Passionate One, her best friend Matt whips up a mug brownie to make her feel better.


Matt’s Mug Brownies

3 Tbs all purpose flour
3 Tbs brown sugar
2 Tbs cocoa powder
3 Tbs vegetable oil
3 Tbs water
1 pinch of salt
1/2 tsp. vanilla
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
2 tsp. chocolate chips

Mix all ingredients together in a microwave safe mug. Microwave 45-60 seconds or until firm. Do not overcook. Top with your favorite toppings: peanut butter, whipped cream, ice cream, nuts, etc.

Cooking times will vary greatly depending on your microwave and the type of mug you use so always keep a close eye on your brownie while cooking.

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The Rebellious One: Rosa’s Cornbread

Holly’s housekeeper, Rosa, is the only one who notices Holly’s conflicted feelings toward her forced marriage in The Rebellious One. On the night of an akward dinner party, she makes Holly’s favorite cornbread for dinner.

Rosa’s Cornbread

1/2 c. butter, softened to room temperature
2/3 c. sugar
3 large eggs
1 17oz can creamed corn
1 c. shredded cheese
1 c. flour
1 c. cornmeal
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt

Mix together and pour into greased 9×13 pan. Bake at 325 degrees for 30 minutes or until the middle is set.

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The Adventurous One: Empanadas

Taylor has traveled all over the world and sampled many different types of food. She especially loved the empanadas she found in Mexico right before she had to rush home to be with her ailing grandmother in The Adventurous One.

Genuine Mexican Empanadas

15-20 apples, membrillos (quince), or peaches depending on the size of fruit
2 lbs of sugar
1 cinnamon stick

Peel, cut and take out seeds from the fruit. Put a pot on medium heat, add fruit and sugar and mix till sugar starts to melt, then put in a stick of cinnamon. Stir constantly so it does not stick to the pot, lower heat if necessary and keep stirring. As soon as you see the fruit falling apart, turn off heat, take out cinnamon stick and mash well with potato masher. Filling has to have a jelly like consistency. Set aside.

2 lbs of flour
1 can or 12 oz of evaporated milk
2 large eggs
1 box of Maizena or 14 oz regular corn starch (Maizena found in the Hispanic food aisle)
1 Tbs of yeast
3 cups of sugar
2 Tbs of vanilla extract
1 lb lard

In a large mixing bowl, knead the lard till soft, and then add eggs, sugar and vanilla extract and mix well. Mix in flour, yeast and Maizena and mix well, then start pouring in the evaporated mix till you get a nice dough feel. Make ping pong size balls out  of the dough and set aside.

Roll a ball of dough into 1/8 inch thick and cut with round, medium size cookie cutter. Fill with one tablespoon of the filling on one side and fold dough over the filling to make a half circle. With a fork, press the edges of the dough to seal top and bottom edges together.

Set empanadas on a cookie sheet, heat oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit and bake for 15-20 min, or till golden brown.

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The Glamorous One: Soda Fountain Shenanigans

There is no recipe for The Glamorous One because Kynley was too busy touring and writing music to cook. But she and Dalton had fun messing around with the add-ins at a gas station soda fountain, so of course I researched that. I recommend vanilla or cherry, but not in the fruit punch.

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The Ambitious One: Lindsey’s Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

In The Ambitious One, Lindsey has spent years perfecting her recipes for Sugarbee’s, her specialty cupcake store in downtown Manhattan. Her snickerdoodle cupcakes are customer favorites.

Lindsey’s Snickerdoodle Cupcakes

1 1/2 cup flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 eggs, room temp.
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 almond extract
3/4 c. milk, whole or 2 percent

Preheat oven to 350. Whisk first four dry ingredients, make sure there are no clumps. Combine remaining wet ingredients in a separate bowl before mixing in with dry ingredients. Pour batter into liners and bake for 20-25 min.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

4 cups powdered sugar
1/2 cup butter, softened
8 oz. cream cheese, softened
3 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. cinnamon

Cream the butter, cream cheese, and vanilla until light and fluffy, about two minutes. Add powdered sugar and cinnamon and beat until fully incorporated.

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Watch for the final Billionaire Bride Pact book, The Heartbroken One, and Nikki’s recipe for fettuccine alfredo. Coming soon!